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Educator's Summary

Morwenna, Rachael and I would like to thank you all for your enthusiastic response to the course so far!

Once again we have been overwhelmed by the student uptake of this programme; FutureLearn tells us that we have nearly 7,000 learners enrolled representing 149 different countries. I hope this helps to explain why we can’t give personalised answers to all of your comments, but we are reading as many as we can – and very much enjoying and learning from your output.

Here are some examples of learner comments and recommendations that caught our attention this week:

A big thank you to Iris Landa who shared her mission to create joy through the application of colour in this video of her TEDx talk.

Thank you too to Jan Taylor who took to verse to explain to us why she joined this course!

Mags Delaney expanded our course materials by introducing one video on optical illusions and a second video on ‘hearing’ colour.

And Jane Thompson introduced an animation illustrating just what a small part of the electromagnetic spectrum is occupied by our visible spectrum.

I am sure you will all agree that we owe a debt of gratitude to educator Colm Kelleher, whose videos we linked to at the bottom of Step 1.6. If you haven’t watched these yet, they come highly recommended.

Highlights this week also included the eye test on Step 1.7. And as many of you correctly pointed out, those with the most reliable colour vision saw ‘74’ in the image associated with this step.

If you haven’t seen EnChroma glasses for colour blindness before, I can also recommend this video – a moving demonstration of the true power of colour!

Now you understand the workings of the eye, you can read this additional material on tetrachromacy and the humans found to have an extra cone cell.

Sue Timney’s video also generated some debate.

This course is brought to you by the KLC School of Design, and by Livingetc magazine. Our friends at Livingetc have produced some additional material - a treat for those of you with an interest in interior design.

If any of you will be in London in late March, you could also consider joining us for a 3-day colour workshop to be held at KLC’s school in Chelsea.

This weekend look out for interesting colour combinations and photograph these. Don’t forget to post your photos on Twitter under our hashtag of #flpowerofcolour. Next week we will be asking for photos of your home town as part of planned exercises when we will be discussing issues of psychology, culture, and location.

So, next week course activities will become more creative – as you would expect given our subject. To enable this we have annexed the use of a programme called Padlet. This is simply a virtual pinboard that you will be able to upload photos to, and add some comments. Some learners have expressed nervousness around the use of Padlet – please be assured that:

a. You don’t have to use it – the course makes perfect sense without it

b. We will explain it clearly where necessary

It’s fine if you don’t use it, but please do have a look at your peers’ work if you can. If you struggle to use the course board (it can get very heavy, and you’ll need a good internet connection to download it), you could go to the Padlet website, create your own board and paste a link to this board in the course comments.

Finally, next week we will be giving you the coordinates for a colour safari of London. You can view these via Street View on a laptop, desktop, or on a smartphone or tablet (instructions will be provided as part of the step).

If you have a smartphone and you would like a fully-immersive experience, and you are able to download the Street View app to your phone, you could consider buying a cardboard virtual reality viewer. These cost about £5 and are great fun. You will find these for sale online, here is an example but of course other models and other suppliers exist. I must stress, this is absolutely not necessary, you can access all course materials perfectly well without – it is just a bit of fun as it will allow you to visit many parts of the world in virtual reality, including the locations in London that we have recommended.

Have a great weekend, and don’t forget to take your camera with you wherever you go!

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The Power of Colour

KLC School of Design